College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program held a Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Elizabeth City Campus.
Dr. Robert Wynegar, President of COA, welcomed graduates, family, local law enforcement instructors and sponsors, and friends to the ceremony. Captain H. Travis Jackson from the Pasquotank Sherriff Office provided the keynote address for the event.
Jeffrey K. Jones, Interim Director for COA’s law enforcement programs, along with Dr. Wynegar, presented certificates to the graduates. During the 16 weeks of training, the students finished 641 contact hours, 36 distinct blocks of instruction with 36 topical tests and multiple practical exams to include firearms, driving, traffic crash, patrol techniques, domestic violence, criminal investigation, CPR/first responders, rapid deployment, explosive and hazardous materials emergency and subject control arrest techniques practical exams, and they successfully completed the Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT) followed by the state exam.
Special recognition was awarded to Trevor Bruce as the group’s honor graduate; Jonathan Liles as “Top Gun”; Trevor Bruce received the “Iron Man” award for having the highest average fitness level; and Tiffany Walston received the “Law Enforcement Excellence” award for exhibiting exceptional law enforcement qualities. Nicholas Wooten received the Driver Supreme award.
Graduates: Tiffany Walston, Currituck; Matthew Fountain, Dare; Jonathan Liles, Pasquotank; Dominick Romano, Chowan; Gobardhan Sookoo, Currituck; Linwood Browder, Pasquotank; George Williams, Hertford; Trevor Bruce, Kitty Hawk; Nicholas Wooten, Pasquotank